Watford F.C. Player of the Season

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Adrian Mariappa was voted Player of the Season for 201112.

Watford Football Club are an English football club, from Watford, Hertfordshire. Founded in 1881 as Watford Rovers, the club has competed in the Football League since 1920, with the exceptions of 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2015–16 and 2016–17, when it competed in the Premier League. First introduced by the Watford Observer in the 1972–73 season, the Watford F.C. Player of the Season award is voted for annually by supporters of the club. [2] It recognises the best overall performance by an individual player through the season. Each year the winner is presented with the Watford Observer Trophy at the club's end-of-season awards dinner. [3]

Watford F.C. Association football club

Watford Football Club is a professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, that plays in the Premier League, the highest level in the English football league system. Founded in 1898 by the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary's. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

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Goalkeeper Andy Rankin won the initial award in the 1972–73 season, ahead of Colin Franks and Duncan Welbourne. In the 1974–75 season, Rankin won the award for the second time, becoming the first of ten players to do so as of 2016. [2] [4] Another goalkeeper, Tony Coton, is the only player to have received the title for a third time. Coton is one of four players to have won the award in consecutive seasons, the others being Wilf Rostron in 1982–83 and 1983–84, Tommy Smith in 2007–08 and 2008–09, and most recently, Troy Deeney in 2013–14 and 2014–15. Eight winners of the award have represented their country at full international level, of whom only John McClelland went on to become Watford's Player of the Season for a second time. [4]

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.

Andrew George Rankin is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a goalkeeper for Everton, Watford and Huddersfield Town. He also made an international appearance for the England under-23 team. In 1973 Rankin became the inaugural Watford Player of the Season, an accolade he would reclaim in the 1974–75 season.<ref

Colin James Franks is an English former footballer. At the start of his career he played predominantly as a midfielder, but he was increasingly used as a defender towards the end of his career.

Towards the end of each season, fans vote directly for the Player of the Season. Historically this has been conducted by post, but in recent years it has taken place on the Watford Observer's website. This system was earmarked for change to a match-by-match rating system in 2009, [5] [6] but in March 2010, the Observer decided to revert to the traditional method of voting. [7]

<i>Watford Observer</i> Weekly local newspaper serving Watford, Hertfordshire, UK

The Watford Observer is a weekly local newspaper, published by Newsquest. It serves the town of Watford in southwest Hertfordshire, as well as the surrounding area. The paper covers local news, politics and sport, including the town's largest football club Watford FC.

Winners

  Dagger-14-plain.png Inducted into the Watford Hall of Fame
Statistics correct at end of 201516 season.
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Tommy Mooney, winner in 1995–96 and 2000–01.
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Ben Foster, winner in 2006–07.
Tom Cleverley is the only player to win the award having made fewer than 50 appearances. Tom Cleverley 2015.jpg
Tom Cleverley is the only player to win the award having made fewer than 50 appearances.
Danny Graham was the Football League Championship's top scorer in the 2010-11 season. Danny Graham.JPG
Danny Graham was the Football League Championship's top scorer in the 2010–11 season.
Troy Deeney won the award in consecutive seasons, in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Troy Deeney.jpg
Troy Deeney won the award in consecutive seasons, in 2013–14 and 2014–15.
SeasonLevel [lower-alpha 1] NamePosition [lower-alpha 2] Apps [lower-alpha 3] Goals [lower-alpha 3] National team [lower-alpha 4] Notes
1972–73 3 Andy Rankin Goalkeeper 3290 Flag of England.svg England under-23
1973–74 3 Billy Jennings Forward 10037 Flag of England.svg England youth [9]
1974–75 3 Andy Rankin Goalkeeper 3290 Flag of England.svg England under-23
1975–76 4 Ross Jenkins Forward 398142 NoneDagger-14-plain.png
[lower-alpha 5]
1976–77 4 Keith Mercer Forward 15453 None
1977–78 4 Alan Garner Defender 23216 None
1978–79 3 Ross Jenkins Forward 398142 NoneDagger-14-plain.png
[lower-alpha 5]
1979–80 2 Ian Bolton Defender 28736 NoneDagger-14-plain.png
[11]
1980–81 2 Steve Sims Defender 2198 Flag of England.svg England B
1981–82 2 Les Taylor Midfielder 21120 NoneDagger-14-plain.png
[12]
1982–83 1 Wilf Rostron Defender 40430 Flag of England.svg England schoolboys
1983–84 1 Wilf Rostron Defender 40430 Flag of England.svg England schoolboys
1984–85 1 John McClelland Defender 2343 Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland Dagger-14-plain.png
[13] [14]
1985–86 1 Tony Coton Goalkeeper 2910 Flag of England.svg England B Dagger-14-plain.png
[15] [16]
1986–87 1 Tony Coton Goalkeeper 2910 Flag of England.svg England B Dagger-14-plain.png
[15] [16]
1987–88 1 John McClelland Defender 2343 Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland Dagger-14-plain.png
[13] [14]
1988–89 2 Glyn Hodges Midfielder 10219 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales [17]
1989–90 2 Tony Coton Goalkeeper 2910 Flag of England.svg England B Dagger-14-plain.png
[15] [16]
1990–91 2 David James Goalkeeper 980 Flag of England.svg England Dagger-14-plain.png
[18] [19] [20]
1991–92 2 Nigel Gibbs Defender 4917 Flag of England.svg England under-21 Dagger-14-plain.png
[lower-alpha 6]
1992–93 2 Paul Furlong Forward 9141 Flag of England.svg England C [22] [23]
1993–94 2 Gary Porter Midfielder 47257 Flag of England.svg England under-21 Dagger-14-plain.png
[24]
1994–95 2 Kevin Miller Goalkeeper 1510 None
1995–96 2 Tommy Mooney Forward 28764 NoneDagger-14-plain.png
[25]
1996–97 3 Kevin Miller Goalkeeper 1510 None
1997–98 3 Alec Chamberlain Goalkeeper 2880 None
1998–99 2 Steve Palmer Defender 2729 None [lower-alpha 7]
1999–2000 1 Rob Page Defender 2523 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Dagger-14-plain.png
[27] [28]
2000–01 2 Tommy Mooney Forward 28764 NoneDagger-14-plain.png
[25]
2001–02 2 Alec Chamberlain Goalkeeper 2880 None
2002–03 2 Marcus Gayle Defender 1159 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica [29]
2003–04 2 Gavin Mahon Midfielder 2157 None [16] [30]
2004–05 2 Heiðar Helguson Forward 22875 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Dagger-14-plain.png
[14] [31] [32]
2005–06 2 Marlon King Forward 8737 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica [25] [33] [34]
2006–07 1 Ben Foster Goalkeeper 810 Flag of England.svg England [12] [35] [36]
2007–08 2 Tommy Smith Midfielder 30664 Flag of England.svg England under-21 [19] [37] [38]
2008–09 2 Tommy Smith Midfielder 30664 Flag of England.svg England under-21 [37] [38] [39]
2009–10 2 Tom Cleverley Midfielder 3511 Flag of England.svg England under-21 [40] [41]
2010–11 2 Danny Graham Forward 9841 Flag of England.svg England under-20 [42] [43]
2011–12 2 Adrian Mariappa Defender 2474 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica [1] [44] [45]
2012–13 2 Almen Abdi Midfielder 9223 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland [46]
2013–14 2 Troy Deeney Forward 26396 None [47]
2014–15 2 Troy Deeney Forward 26396 None [48]
2015–16 1 Heurelho Gomes Goalkeeper 830 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil [49]
2016–17 1 Sebastian Prödl Defender 830 Flag of Austria.svg Austria [50]

Statistics

Goalkeeper David James started his career at Watford, and went on to play for England. DaJa.JPG
Goalkeeper David James started his career at Watford, and went on to play for England.
Wins by playing position
Position [lower-alpha 2] Number of winners [lower-alpha 8]
Goalkeeper 12
Defender 13
Midfielder 7
Forward 10
Wins by international representation
CountryNumber of winners [lower-alpha 8]
Flag of England.svg  England 18
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 3
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 2
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1

Footnotes

  1. The official "Level" of competition in the structure of the English league system.
  2. 1 2 For a full description of positions see association football positions.
  3. 1 2 "Apps" is short for appearances, and refers to competitive first team appearances for Watford. Goals refers to competitive first team goals scored for Watford.
  4. Where a player represented his country at multiple levels, only the highest level is given.
  5. 1 2 Not to be confused with Ross Jenkins (footballer, born 1990), who won the Watford Young Player of the Season award in 2008–09. [10]
  6. Gibbs spent his entire playing career at Watford. [21]
  7. Palmer is listed as a defender as he played most games this season as a central defender. He has played in every position for the club. [26]
  8. 1 2 Multiple winners are counted multiple times.

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